The CBI on Thursday submitted before the Madras High Court that questioning of Lakshmi, wife of Sri Bangaru Adigal of Melmaruvathur, is needed in the matter relating to alleged corruption for getting the Dental Council of India (DCI)’s approval for a postgraduate course in a college.
The investigating agency made the submission in its counter to an anticipatory bail petition filed by Mrs.Lakshmi (64.) Justice R.Subbiah has posted the matter for further hearing on February 26.
The prosecution case was that Murukesan, a DCI member, had allegedly demanded Rs.one crore from the Adiparasakthi Dental College and Hospital, Melmaruvathur, for getting the council’s approval for the postgraduate dental course and Rs.25 lakh was given to him as advance.
Apprehending arrest, Ms. Lakshmi said as the college’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), she was asked to appear before the CBI on February 15 for answering certain questions. She submitted that she was not the CEO. The Adiparasakthi Charitable, Medical, Educational and Cultural Trust had passed a resolution in October last year appointing her as the executive trustee of the trust and she had all powers of the management of the trust.
She had nothing to do with the day-to-day functioning of the institutions.
Her two sons, G.B.Senthil Kumar and G.B.Anbalagan, have also filed anticipatory bail applications.
In the counter filed through the Special Public Prosecutor for CBI cases, N.Chandrasekharan, to Ms.Lakshmi’s petition, the CBI, said during interrogation, the college’s Managing Director, Srilekha had stated that the CEO and the trustees were dealing with the financial matters of all the institutions.
The petitioner, being the managing trustee of the trust, needed to be questioned with regard to the matter of giving Rs.25 lakh to Dr.Murukesan as instalment of bribe demanded for approving the postgraduate course, which was seized by the central agency on January 7.
The petitioner’s status in this case could be determined only in investigation.